Yishun transport hub to open in 2019

Yishun transport hub to open in 2019
The hub will be part of Northpoint City (artist's impression above). It will serve up to 50,000 commuters daily when completed.

THE Yishun integrated transport hub will open in 2019, it was revealed yesterday, and is set to offer commuters a more comfortable wait for their buses, and better connections.

The 236,800 sq ft hub includes an air-conditioned bus interchange, with an underpass link to Yishun MRT station. It will also be connected to the upcoming Northpoint City development.

It will be the 10th such hub here.

There are seven already in operation: In Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Boon Lay, Clementi, Serangoon, Sengkang and Toa Payoh. One in Joo Koon is to open later this year. Another, in Bukit Panjang, is to open next year.

Announcing the hub's targeted completion date yesterday, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said Yishun bus interchange will be relocated temporarily to an adjacent site at the junction of Yishun Central and Yishun Central 1 on March 14. This is to make way for construction of the new interchange on the existing site.

The change will affect the routes of the existing 19 bus services. Four temporary bus stops will also be constructed in Yishun Central, Yishun Avenue 2 and Yishun Central 1.

The websites of SBS Transit and SMRT will have more information on the affected routes.

Like other integrated transport hubs, the one in Yishun will be equipped with barrier-free facilities and offer easier boarding for those using wheelchairs.

It will also meet the Building and Construction Authority's Green Mark Gold Plus standard, with energy-saving features such as LED lighting for the concourse and bus park areas, and a water-cooled air-conditioning system.

When completed, it will serve up to 50,000 commuters daily.

The hub will be built as part of Frasers Centrepoint's 1.33 million sq ft Northpoint City development that will include private residences, a retail mall, a community centre and a town plaza.

Last week, Frasers Centrepoint announced it had awarded the main contract for Northpoint City to Lum Chang Building Contractors

Construction is expected to start in April.

adrianl@sph.com.sg

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